August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 7/19/16
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august fagerstrom
11:54
coming to you live from not-Cleveland, it's a baseball chat!
11:55
for our soundtrack, I've been revisiting one of my all-time favorites lately, Animal Collective - Feels
lastly, we'll probably get this one started about 10 minutes late or so
12:08
alright, let's do it!
Bork
12:09
Hello friend! I am back in the office today and not in a waiting room.
august fagerstrom
12:09
hi Bork! hope all is well with you and the BORKFAMILY
Bork
12:09
not-Cleveland? Is your body accustomed to normal air? Are you okay?
august fagerstrom
12:09
so glad I won't be a part of the crazy this week
Wright Brothers
12:09
Why were we so determined to fly?
august fagerstrom
12:10
can't hit a homer on a ground ball, duh
Bork
12:12
Which mediocre, probably depressing starting pitcher will the Jays trade for at the deadline?
august fagerstrom
12:12
Rich Hill wouldn't be depressing!
unless he gets hurt :(
RT
12:12
You wrote back in May about some of the holes in Jose Iglesias's defense. He's now grading out as a Top-5 defender in the AL. Have you noticed changes in his game, or is more season needed for the metrics to even out?
august fagerstrom
12:13
He's still getting killed going to his right, which was the main point of my post. BIS has him -13 on plays to his right, +9 straight on and +7 to the left
He's been better on air balls and double plays
Bork
12:15
So, Yan Gomes.
august fagerstrom
12:15
Feel so bad for the guy. What a rough couple years.
12:16
For the Indians, as shitty as it sounds to say, I think it might be a blessing in disguise. A healthy Roberto Perez is worlds better than Yan Gomes at this point
Joe
12:16
Ryan Flaherty "come on mfer" great gif or greatest gif?
august fagerstrom
12:16
someone post this!
Erik
12:17
How do selling GMs make known that a player is available? Public statements? Calls to every other front office with initial offers? Some private group chat with all the other GMs?
august fagerstrom
12:17
I'd guess there's some group-chatting, plenty of mass e-mailing, and above anything else, word spreads quick
They use the media, too
natsfan
12:17
People have been talking up Miller to CLE but that seems like too big/too expensive a move. Setup guy or maybe Beltran more likely. Agree or disagree?
august fagerstrom
12:18
For Cleveland? 0 chance on Beltran. He's got nowhere to play. I've long thought Cleveland and NYY matched up well on one of the relievers; I'd thought Chapman made more sense, though Miller's been being reported more strongly. I wonder whether the emergence of Naquin makes the FO more willing to part with a guy like Zimmer for Miller
12:19
I'd thought a Bradley/Sheffield/Clevinger/Mejia deal for Chapman might make more sense for Cleveland, rather than giving up one of the outfielders for Miller. But their window should be open for a few years and Allen's going to get expensive soon, so maybe they value the extra years of Miller
OddBall Herrera
12:19
What would have funnier looking crowds walking around downtown Cleveland, the RNC or ComicCon?
august fagerstrom
12:20
RNC, for the day I was there while everyone was rolling in, was just a bunch of rich, white dudes in suits
I'd guess it's gotten a bit crazier since I left
I saw a video of a guy "walking" another human on a leash (guy on leash was walking on all fours) saying "please kick my dog for Trump"
I didn't really get it.
Justin
12:22
Which five pitchers make up the Dodgers' rotation come mid-August, and what happens to the leftovers?
august fagerstrom
12:22
this is essentially asking me to predict health
the rotation will be the five healthy ones. hopefully, one of them is Clayton Kershaw
12:23
if we're operating under the pretense that they're all healthy, I'd guess it's Kershaw/Maeda/Kazmir/Wood/McCarthy with Norris and Ryu in the pen
Jeff
12:24
why did the National call up Reynaldo Lopez to start rather than Giolito?
Eric
12:24
Is this a trade audition for Reynaldo Lopez, spot start, or does he have a chance to stick?
august fagerstrom
12:24
two submissions seem relevant to one another
if the Nationals are serious about Miller/Chapman, the Yankees would be real interested in Lopez
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